Carnegie Mellon University

Summer Internship Experience Fund

The CMU Summer Internship Experience Fund will be available to current undergraduate students who are participating in off-campus, low paying or unpaid internships located in the United States during the summer of 2017. This is a needs-based grant which aims to help offset expenses incurred during internships. The Career & Professional Development Center will be coordinating the dispersal of Carnegie Mellon institutional funds that have been set aside to enable students to have a high-impact summer experience.

The CMU Summer Internship Experience Fund is designed to encourage early career experiences that will support students' academic goals and career exploration. It is open to all undergraduate students; however, preference will be given to students in transition (undecided, transitioning colleges, etc.) and those who would not be able to participate in a low or unpaid internship without additional funds.

Students are able to begin submitting applications in Handshake beginning Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Completed applications (students have met with their consultant AND submitted an application in Handshake) will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received until all funds have been dispersed, or April 7, 2017. Rolling deadlines are 2/24, 3/24 and 4/7.

  1. Secure an off-campus internship located in the U.S.
  2. Bring your offer letter with you to meet with your career consultant to develop learning objectives and review your resume and expense report. You need to attend this meeting before you can submit your application.
  3. Submit your application, essay, expense form, and resume in Handshake.
  4. Complete your internship and submit your completed internship questionnaire to
  5. Meet with your career consultant to add your new skills to your resume.

Which Students Are Eligible?

  • Current undergraduate Carnegie Mellon students returning to campus for the Fall 2017 semester
  • Students who have already received an offer for an off-campus, unpaid or low paying internship in the U.S. for Summer 2017

What Internships Are Eligible?

  • Internship experience must be shown to support students’ academic and career goals and development
  • Takes place during the Summer 2017 session: May 15, 2017 - August 21, 2017
  • Must be unpaid or low-paying
  • Must be an off-campus internship
  • Must be a minimum of six weeks and/or at least 180 hours total
  • Student must be supervised by a professional in the field throughout the entire internship

Before being granted access to apply on Handshake, you must:

  • Schedule and attend an appointment with your career consultant. Make sure to bring the following items with you:
    • Offer letter from your internship
    • Copy of your resume
    • Anticipated Summer Expense Report

If selected to be a recipient of this grant, you will be required to:

  • Have at least three formal meetings during the summer with your work supervisor (on boarding, mid-summer evaluation, final evaluation).
  • Complete the internship questionnaire from the CPDC about your summer experience and how it impacted your future career goals. Sumbit this to
  • Schedule an appointment with your consultant at the beginning of the Fall semester to discuss your experience and get help incorporating it into your resume.

Students are expected to find their own internships for this grant. The CPDC has many resources available to students on the website, at workshops and job fairs, and listed on Handshake. Students should consider attending our spring career fairs, as well as our early engagement events, Jumpstart and Internship Showcase:

  • Jumpstart - A networking and internship fair for Freshmen and Sophomores, undergraduates only
  • Internship Showcase - Connect with other students to learn what a great internship experience can do for your job search.

We also encourage you to meet with your Career Consultant to assist you in this process.  In addition, check with your academic advisor and network with family and friends to find opportunities.

Internships for freshmen and sophomores [xls]

Internships that Students Secured in Summer 2016

Freshmen Internships [xls]

Sophomore Internships [xls]

To apply for the Summer 2017 Internship Experience Fund, you must already have an internship offer for Summer 2017. All students must also schedule and attend an appointment with their career consultant before they are able to apply. Students must bring their internship offer letter and resume to this appointment. During this meeting, consultants will review the application process and confirm student eligibility for the fund.

After meeting with their consultant, students can apply on Handshake. Students will need to make sure the following documents are completed and uploaded into their document library in order to apply:

January 17th

Students can begin submitting applications

April 7th

Final rolling submission deadline

March 1st - April 24th          

Candidates notified of approval status as applications are reviewed

June 2017

Dispersal of Carnegie Mellon funds to students

September 2017

Appointment with consultant and internship questionnaire due

When is the application due?

Completed applications (students have met with their consultant AND submitted an application in Handshake) will be reviewed on a rolling basis in the order they are received until all funds have been dispersed, or April 7, 2017.

What is the difference between an internship and a job?

An internship is any carefully monitored work or experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what she or he is learning throughout the experience. Internships vary widely from organization to organization. Some common characteristics of an internship include:

  • Is a time-limited experience that usually lasts about three months and occurs during the fall, spring or summer semesters
  • Is generally a one-time experience
  • Must be at least 180 hours and/or 6 weeks
  • May be paid or unpaid
  • May be part of a learning plan that the intern and career consultant develop together
  • Is different from a short-term job or volunteer work and has an intentional “learning agenda” in a structured work environment
  • Includes learning objectives, observation, reflection, evaluation and assessment
  • Has an existing employee working in the department/position to mentor and supervise the intern
  • Promotes academic, career and/or personal development